Welcome to our world - Lockpedia:
What is Lockpedia?
Exploring the art and craft of the locksmith from antiquity to the cutting edge innovations of today.
Lockpedia recognizes that virtually everybody on the planet today has a key in their pocket. The desire to protect possessions and property can be traced back to those times when man transited from hunter-gatherer to settled communities. Undeniably life was extremely hard for those first communities and the skills and techniques to help make life easier also emerged. It was soon realised that the elements, naturally occurring events was not the only issue to be addressed in those new evolving communities; man realised that there was a fundamental property in his ‘survival instinct’ makeup that meant a lot of effort goes into this one aspect of his makeup. A fundamental human nature trait is to err. The process of trying to modify this trait continues to today! Lockpedia then is the story of locks from ancient times to the cutting edge developments of Today's Scene.
Mans Primitive Instinct with inventions; the back stories, The Lock Trade People and the reason for invention can be equally fascinating as the locks themselves.
Harry Withers Chubb observed, in the late 19th century, that the story of locks and keys is the story of mankind itself. Imagine that the time representing man existing on this planet was 24 hours; then mankind’s’ transition from hunter to farmer was around just 12 minutes ago.
Life was hard for those early communities and gradualy specialist skills and technoliges evolved; the locksmith if not the Oldest Profession must have been high up on the list.
...and the locks they made.
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